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#1 posted 03-15-2018 02:28 PM

I’ve never felt like the 2 HP wasn’t strong enough when milling logs, at least when the blade was new and sharp. The first log milled on my Griz 513 was a 10” hickory from a dead tree and the 3/4” Timberwolf cut it easily enough even though it wasn’t the one specifically for wet wood (I didn’t know better at the time). 3 years later, I can definitely tell the blade needs to be sharpened but that’s not a problem with the motor. Even with a duller blade the motor speed doesn’t vary, even though the speed of the cut does take a little longer. If I used it to resaw more often, a bigger motor might be nice but for my needs, it is fine. If you haven’t watched the Snodgrass Bandsaw Clinic YouTube video, I highly recommend looking at how he recommends setting up the blade tracking. It is different than the Griz manual and definitely makes it cut better IMO.

One other note, when cutting wet wood, the blade gets dirty pretty fast which seems to have more impact on cut quality and speed on green logs than anything else in my experience. A bath in Simple Green will loosen the build up quickly. I use one of the largest cheap plastic plant trays you can get at HD or Lowe’s to soak the coiled blade for cleaning.

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